In an Iroquoian family, their marital patterns are a bit different than we practice in our culture. The Iroquois culture does allow marriage of what we could consider 1st cousins in our culture. The rule states that parallel cousins are now allowed to marry, but cross cousins are. Parallel cousins are children of your parents sibling of same sex. In other words, Iroquois are not allowed to marry their dad’s brother’s children and are not allowed to marry their mother’s sister’s children.
Racism "Racism breeds racism in reverse." These words so candidly written by Mary Crow Dog, a Lakota Sioux, describe the reverse effect indian boarding schools had upon their pupils. These old Indian boarding schools were intended to push Native Americans into accepting a new way of life as a white man. In lieu of attempting to live peacefully along side the Natives, the white settlers felt they had to force the Indian population to become "civilized". The word civilized, as defined by Websters, means to have an advanced or humane culture, society, etc.. White men did not see the Indian culture as advanced or humane and therefore began forcing white man's way of life upon the Native American Tribes.
Indian alliances were said to be expensive and time consuming to be preserved. The French lacked many of the advantages of the British. To improve their diplomacy, they would live in Indian territory, learn Indian languages, and adopt Indian cultures. The French even married Indian wives. This allowed the French to enter into a kinship with the Indians, making the fur trade very successful.
In colonial times, the earliest interactions between the Native Americans and the European settlers lead to different relationships between the two groups. But more often than not, the relationship wound up being negative, especially for the Native Americans. Two areas with negative relationships were the American southwest, controlled by the Spanish, and the Chesapeake Bay area, controlled by the English. In the southwest, as the settlers came into contact with the Native Americans, they became convinced that their every aspect was superior to the Native Americans. The main reason the Spaniards even bothered to interact with the Native Americans was to achieve their main goal in America, to find gold and other valuables.
Early America consisted of the native Indians and of European colonists who didn’t see eye to eye in their everyday lifestyles. The natives were fairly welcoming to the colonists, while the colonists felt superior to the natives and were looking for expansion. Tension grew between both sides as the colonizers wanted to take and settle on the land that had been the Indians for many years. Takaki shows how the idea of race became constructed through these tensions; additionally, he uses the play, The Tempest, as a literary tool to express the beliefs by Brittan at the time. The British showed discrimination throughout history towards the Irish, for they treated them in an extremely mean manner.
He referred to it as if the white race was doing the Indians a favor by taking them over and naturalizing them so that they could become citizens in the United States. However, he felt that blacks weren’t worthy of this “naturalization” process. “They had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations: and so far inferior that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” (Bell 17) Roger B Taney was the 5th Chief Justice in the Supreme Court who had such hateful views towards non-whites. What is most disturbing about this is that he is such a high ranking official in the highest branch of the
Embrace these brothers and sisters who care so much. They are our life and future” James Branham- A Monacan Indian. (Page 31) When I read this quote from Mr. Branham, it makes me feel many people don't understand the enormous pride Native American Indians take in the United States of America. Thus, present day Indians have no right to be compensated for the wrongs perpetrated against their ancestors, any more than African-Americans should be compensated for the slavery of their ancestors. While I was looking at Pride 102 video regard to American Indian treaties, I started realized how important the majority of Indian treaties were negotiated; the Federal government usually had a major issue with which it was dealing.
They were a more isolated human, so when the Europeans came and took over there immune systems were not at all prepared to face and fight back al;l the diseases that came there way. The European diseases were communicable and that therefore caused these illnesses to move faster and to cause death tolls to rise even faster than ever before. In some cases Indians were infected severely before even coming into direct association with the Europeans. The one disease that really got the Indians by the neck was smallpox. This disease killed tens of thousands of Indians in the New World.
Wordplay is the reason why most politicians seem to be lawyers not politicians. The questions brought up have been and always been either avoided or rather ingeniously walked around since the establishment of our constitution. Was it because our forefathers didn’t have an exact answer, did they foresee possible problems and left it open to time. Either way the lack of exact translation has shaped America and allowed alternate ideals to flourish. The author brings a question that although it almost has an obvious answer has been and still is a strong problem in the establishment of a fair and equal nation, and that question is “Who Is A Person”.
Many Americans opposed the removal of the Native Americans and argued that they too had been civilized and should be allowed to remain on the homelands, specifically Davey Crocket. This was a valid point of debate for the Native Americans, although at this point the strength in numbers for the government were overwhelming compared to that of the Native Americans living on their homeland. On the other hand, some of the natives thought strategically about agreeing with the treaty because this would alleviate “white harassment”(Indian Removal, PBS). This shows the debate amongst the natives themselves, over the removal act, leaving some tribes divided and again assisting with the destruction of their